This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #392, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.
Today we are reading Joel 3:12-13.
12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: (Je-hosh-a-fat) for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
That was Joel 3:12-13. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
The Lord Himself now repeated the summons of the preceding verses, instructing the nations to enter the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Je-hosh-a-fat). Employing agricultural imagery, He then commanded His warriors to destroy His enemies. The first command (Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe) probably compares judgment to harvesting grain. The second (Come, trample the grapes) compares the annihilation of the enemies to treading grapes in a winepress. The underlying reason for the nations’ demise is that their wickedness is great. These verses plainly indicate that the judgment mentioned in this chapter will actually take the form of divine warfare against Israel’s enemies. So the event described here should be equated with Armageddon, rather than the judgment of the nations prophesied in Matthew 25:31–46.
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